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If you know these seven reasons for employee grievances, you can take action before they happen

by , 12 October 2015
A grievance is a complaint, by an employee, about something she isn't happy about at work.
It's common knowledge that handling grievances correctly when they arise and dealing with them before they end up in major disputes, and possibly a strike, is vital to maintaining peace and order in your company.
But what if you could deal with the issues at the very root of the problems?

In other words, instead of waiting for grievances to crop up, why not address any factors that could create grievances and take action, where and how you as the employer see fit, to remove them.

In order to do this, you need to equip yourself with the knowledge of why an employee might lodge a grievance.

So, here are nine reasons why employees may lodge a grievance at work:


Incompatibility between employees.


Unsatisfactory working conditions.


Unfair implementation, or non-implementation, of company procedures and policies by you or a supervisor.

This can include unfair treatment by a manager or supervisor towards your employees.

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Harassment, such as racial and sexual harassment. Remember that harassment in the workplace should be taken VERY seriously.


The values, attitudes and prejudices among employees and of managers or supervisors.

You're not exempt from this either. While you may very well have values that might differ from other employees, it's important for you to show tolerance for diversity and create a balance in the workplace.



Rumours have the potential to create havoc in your company among employees.


Failing to acknowledge any proposals which employees make.

This includes failing to address and deal with any issues which an employee raises or brings to your attention.
So, there are seven reasons why an employee might lodge a grievance.

So keep them in mind and take action now to reduce the possibility of a grievance being lodged by any one of your employees.

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